During Apple’s recent product unveiling, it wasn’t just the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro that stole the show by switching from Lightning to USB-C. Apple also surprised us with an update to the AirPods Pro, which had only been on the market for a year. The new AirPods Pro 2 come with a case that charges via USB-C, a shift from the previous Lightning charging.
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While this change may not impact the charging speeds for the case, it does introduce an exciting feature: reverse wired charging. Now, when you purchase the AirPods Pro 2 and connect them to your iPhone 15 using the provided USB-C cable, you can use your iPhone’s battery to charge your earbuds.
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This convenient feature allows you to continue using your iPhone 15 while charging your AirPods, as it doesn’t require your device to lie flat during the process.
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This development adds another charging method to the AirPods Pro case, which already supports charging via a wall plug, MagSafe, and the Apple Watch charger. Furthermore, Apple hints that you can charge an Apple Watch with the iPhone 15, opening up the possibility of more versatile charging options in the future, possibly for devices like the iPad mini or iPad Air.
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But there’s more to the AirPods Pro 2 than just the charging upgrade. Apple also revealed that these new AirPods will enable Lossless Audio with ultra-low latency, providing an exceptional true wireless audio solution, especially when paired with Apple Vision Pro. Additionally, they come with an improved IP54 water and dust resistance rating, an upgrade from the previous IPX4 rating, making them more durable in various conditions.
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Despite these enhancements, the price of the AirPods Pro 2 remains the same at $249. You can preorder them now, and they will be available on Friday, September 22, coinciding with the release of the new iPhones.
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However, it’s crucial to note that some third-party retailers like Amazon may still be selling the Lightning-equipped AirPods Pro. Therefore, make sure you’re aware of which model you’re purchasing. If you recently bought a pair of AirPods Pro, especially within the last few weeks, it might be a good idea to consider returning them for the upgraded AirPods Pro 2.